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MRI vs CT: What’s The Difference?

Picture1Your doctor informs you that you need an MRI or CT scan.  We’re here to assure you that CT’s and MRI are both painless procedures with important uses. In addition, huge advances have been made so it’s much easier now to have these scans if you have a tendency to be claustrophobic. Let’s take a closer look at each scan to see which is best for you and your imaging needs.

What is an MRI?

MRI stands for “magnetic resonance imaging.” It’s a type of scan that can produce a detailed snapshot of parts of the body, including the brain. It’s an imaging technique—radiation isn’t used and there are no known side effects or risks linked with having an MRI scan, once the Radiographer has checked the patient over for metal.

An MRI scan is used to determine or identify the following:

  • Causes of pelvic pain in women
  • Status of brain conditions
  • Potential uterine abnormalities in women with infertility issues
  • Cysts, tumors other abnormalities in various parts of the body
  • Abnormalities of the joints
  • Injuries or back pain
  • Certain kinds of heart problems
  • Diseases of abdominal organs
  • Abnormalities of the spinal cord and the brain

While MRI’s are typically a longer procedure than a CT scan, your doctor may have requested that you have a CT scan over an MRI depending on your needs. Just like the MRI, it’s non-invasive and it’s accurate. For those reasons, it can reveal internal injuries and bleed quickly enough to help save lives.

A CT scan stands for  “computerized tomography”(CT) since it uses a computer that takes data from several X-ray images of structures inside your body. After converting them into pictures on a monitor, tomography generates a two-dimensional image of a section or slice through a three-dimensional object.

Unlike an X-ray machine that sends just one radiation beam, a CT scan emits a series of narrow beams through the body as it moves through an arc. The final image is a lot more detailed than an X-ray image because, inside the scanner, there’s an X-ray detector, which can see hundreds of different levels of density and tissues inside a solid organ. The data is transferred to a computer, which builds up a 3D cross-sectional picture of the part of the body and bam, it’s shown on the screen. Sometimes a contrast dye is used. The whole process usually lasts about 5 – 20 minutes.

Oncologists and Radiologists use the CT scan to:

  • Assist in planning for, and to assess, the results of surgery, such as organ

transplants or gastric bypass

  • Guide minimally invasive tumor treatments, biopsies, abscess drainages and

minimally invasive tumor treatments

  • Identifies injuries due to trauma to the heart, liver, kidneys, bowel, lungs and

spleen

  • Administer and plan radiation treatments for tumors and monitor reaction to

chemotherapy

  • Measures bone mineral density for the detection of osteoporosis

 

While both procedures have the benefits, your area of concern will determine if CT or MRI is best for you. If your doctor recommends an MRI, Open MRI of Pueblo can provide you with the superior imaging quality and care tailored to your needs.

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10 Foods That Are Good For Your Breasts

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Many factors can influence whether or not  a women is diagnosed with breast cancer. With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, women may be wondering how they can prevent this disease. While various risk factors play a role, your diet directly influences your breast health. Simply by incorporating these foods into your diet,  you can help reduce your risk for breast cancer.

  1. Beans

There are 10 whole grams of fiber in every half cup of beans. When you add this to your recommended daily intake of fiber, you can decrease your risk of breast cancer by 7%! This is an easy side dish to add to any meal or even mix it in some rice. You decide!

 

  1. Green tea

Ok so it’s not technically a food, but green tea has loads of health benefits! Studies have shown that women who drink at least one cup a day of green tea have lower levels of urinary estrogen, which is a carcinogen of the breast. You can add honey or whatever you like to spice it up a little! Enjoy your relaxing cup of green tea.

 

  1. Cabbage

Cabbage has high levels of glucosinolates, and research has found that people who include raw or lightly cooked cabbage in their diet at least three times a week were 72% less likely to develop breast cancer than those who ate it twice or less. Pretty crazy, right?]

 

  1. Salmon

Salmon is super popular among healthy eaters, and it’s because it’s got those omega-3 fatty acids we’re all looking to get! Turns out they’re not just helpful for other health reasons, they’re also good for your breasts. This can even be your excuse to dine out at a fancy restaurant in town, all on account of healthy breasts!

 

  1. Walnuts

Nuts are always good for you, but studies have linked walnuts specifically to fewer breast cancer tumors and slower growth of those tumors. This is a super easy snack to have at your desk at work or even in a dish while watching tv while you’re winding down from your day.

 

  1. Vitamin D

Again, not technically a food, but everyone knows that Vitamin D is important not just to breast health, but to overall health as well. Vitamin D can be found in a variety of foods such as cheese, egg yolks, beef liver, tuna, and much more. There are many foods that are rich in Vitamin D, and if you aren’t a big fan of them, don’t sweat it. You can simply get your daily dose of sunshine and call it even.

 

  1. Pomegranates

Some researchers believe the ellagic acid in pomegranates can help protect against breast cancer by “suppressing estrogen production and preventing the growth of the breast cancer cells”. There definitely still needs to be more research done to prove anything, but for not pomegranates aren’t the worst thing you could be adding to your diet.

 

  1. Plant-based Diet

This is a general lifestyle change, but it’s definitely one most researchers recommend! Whether you make the giant switch to a plant based diet, or you simply incorporate more healthy food in your life, you will be happy you made the adjustment.

 

  1. Plums and Peaches

Everyone knows those “p” fruits are good for you, but did you also know that they contain antioxidants that are capable of killing breast cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed? Not to mention, they’re absolutely delicious. I feel like peaches should be considered cheat foods!

 

  1. Sweet Potatoes

Studies have shown that women with higher levels of carotenoids typically have a lower risk of breast cancer. Sweet potatoes are a great way to stock up on these, so take every opportunity you have to chow down on these tasty yams!

 

Be proactive about your breast health by undergoing annual mammograms, performing regular at-home exams, and incorporating these foods into your diet. Eating these healthy foods is a simple way to fight breast cancer. If you are at high risk for breast cancer, consider undergoing a breast MRI. If you’re in need of a breast MRI, visit our center and schedule an appointment with one of our board certified radiologists.